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Michael E. Bratman

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195187717

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195187717.001.0001

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(p.3) Chapter 1 Introduction
Structures of Agency

Michael E. Bratman

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We are planning agents; our agency extends over time; and, sometimes at least, we govern our own actions. These chapters aim at understanding important interrelations between these basic features of our agency— interrelations between our planning agency, our temporally extended agency, and our self-governance. A conjecture that underlies these chapters is that we can better understand at least one basic case of self-governed agency by reflecting on the roles of relevant planning attitudes in the cross-temporal organization of our action and practical thinking. This conjecture ties together earlier work on the planning theory of intention and the present foray into debates about autonomy and self-governance. Taken together, these chapters are a preliminary effort to see whether this link between the planning theory and issues of autonomy and self-governance can yield philosophical insight. Topics range from autonomy and self-governance to agential authority, subjective normative authority, temporally extended agency, intentions and the planning theory, policies, self-governing policies, conative hierarchy, identification and hierarchy, valuing and value judgment, metaphysics, will, and stability of intention.

Keywords:   planning, agency, self-governance, intentions, autonomy, planning theory, agential authority, self-governing policies, value judgment, hierarchy

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